I want to purchase a Hard copy of Civilization V. I would like this to contain the Manual and the flowchart that shows technological advances. When you try and look into this those items are rarely mentioned. They are not even mentioned in the Contents for the Collectors Edition. I know they exist because I have seen them on a demo on youtube. Also I believe the basic version is missing some Features/Civilizations. Does anyone know which version I need to buy to get a full version and to get all the literature that I mentioned please?
Multiple editions of Civlization 5 have been released.
Some as retail boxed versions, others as digital downloads.
The premium editions contain bonuses which range from:
Many retail stores provided different or unique perks included in the list above, so it is difficult to give a full list. Also it is not possible to buy a supreme version with all the perks listed above.
Note that There is no hard copy manual released with any versions of Civlization 5,
The last sentence references a small pamphlet included in retail copies, but not the full manual.
What you may have seen on youtube was the Collectors edition artwork book
This is not the manual, but a picture book containing artwork related to the game. As far as I know, this edition was only produced as a once only batch when the game was released and it is quite difficult to find copies for sale.
There's no features different between the versions, but some had extra scenarios/maps/civs to play. Some of these extras can be bought as DLC for other versions, if desired - the Babylonian civilisation and some of the bonus maps are available by this method.
I believe no version of the game comes with a hard-copy manual - it's all PDF - but any physical-copy version of the game does comes with a large poster that has the tech-tree flow chart as well as information on the civics and units (and other bits? I haven't got mine to hand to check).
I got this one: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B003ELORWE
It came with the poster, but the manual is just a PDF on the disk.
If you're just looking for a way to get the DLC content, steam is currently selling all of the pre-order bonus map packs as a single bundle.
Here's the link: http://store.steampowered.com/sub/6820
For what it's worth, the Babylonian civ is also available through steam (for 5$).